Indian football team needs to play more friendlies

first_imgIt was a win that would be remembered for a long time. The senior Indian football team, which had failed to win a single match in its last international tournament (AFC Challenge Cup), surprised everyone as they outplayed Cameroon in the Nehru Cup final.A good beginning under a new coach Wim Koevermans was just the spark that the footballers needed. But as the win is celebrated, one also needs to take a look on the road ahead.Though India were crowned champions, defeating a team ranked 109 places higher in the FIFA charts, their standing of 168 will not improve as the world body does not recognise India’s only international tournament.For improving the team’s performance and qualifying for the continental championships, one needs to play regularly against higher ranked teams.And if those ties are on FIFA match dates, it will give them a chance to rise in the rankings ladder.Koevermans mentioned the point in the post-match press conference and his players agree with him too.Getting the Nehru Cup approved by FIFA is an option, which may attract top teams too. Subrata Dutta, vice president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), said that efforts are on to get the necessary approval but so far nothing has happened.”We have had talks on that subject with the world body. Though till now there has been no concrete result but if the tournament is organised on FIFA match dates, then they might approve it,” Dutta said.He added that that the federation has plans for youth development, which is the need of the hour.”We have brought foreign experts for youth development and its result is showing in the age-based tournaments,” he said.”We have also placed our bid for the 2017 u-17 World Cup and they have said that the proper infrastructure should be ready for it.”Koevermans had on Sunday said that the AIFF is trying to bring a foreign side to play a friendly match against the national team.”We have a FIFA match date in October and the federation is trying to get an opponent for us. We should play such matches whenever possible,” he said.”The good thing is that I know at least 38 players, who were part of the training camp for the Nehru Cup. And we will have to take this process forward.”Gouramangi Singh, who scored the opening goal against Cameroon, reiterated the Dutchman’s point.”Hopefully we will get good opponents and play more friendly matches. That’s the first step,” he said.The senior player also said the youngsters in the team should try to give more performances like the final.”This is new look team under a new coach. Though we have won, it’s too premature to say what they will do in the next few years. They should not take this win for granted. We have so much to achieve still,” the defender said.Gouramangi also praised the role of Koevermans. “He has just taken over the team and credit should go to him for India winning the Nehru Cup.He has imparted a new philosophy and I hope he will continue to bring in more ideas and variety for our success,” he said.Former India coach Sukhwinder Singh said the supply-line of players needs to be ready for further prolonging the success. “We need to develop the grass-root level. It was a fantastic result and a great effort by the team. The players must be congratulated,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open 2019: Daniil Medvedev Beats Stan Wawrinka to Reach First Grand Slam Semi-final

first_img Daniil MedvedevfedererGrigor DimitrovMedvedev First Published: September 4, 2019, 7:25 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who has been dubbed the villain of the US Open for his on-court antics and comments, advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final Tuesday at the US Open by defeating three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka while Roger Federer eyed his 46th Grand Slam semi-final berth.Fifth seed Medvedev’s 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 triumph sent him into a Friday matchup against the later winner between Bulgaria’s 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov and 38-year-old Federer, owner of a record 20 Grand Slam titles. “I’m really happy to be in my first semi-final,” Medvedev said. Medvedev struggled with a sore left quadriceps muscle that had him think about quitting the match in the first set. “Before the match I was feeling perfect. In the first set I think I pulled my quadriceps,” Medvedev said.”I had a really big pain in my quadriceps and thought I wasn’t going to continue the match.”Medvedev took a medical timeout and had the area taped and took a painkiller.”In the fourth set, I started feeling the painkiller and started moving better,” he said. “For sure I hope to be ready for the semis.”Medvedev, at 23, becomes the youngest US Open semi-finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2010 and Russia’s first Slam semi-finalist since Mikhail Youzhny at the 2010 US Open. last_img read more

VIVO IPL draws significant rural audience,VIVO IPL draws significant rural audience

first_imgHYDERABAD, TELANGANA, 20/03/2016: A view of the Vivo IPL 2016 Trophy, displayed at a mall in Hyderabad on March 20, 2016. Photo. K.V.S. Giri HYDERABAD, TELANGANA, 20/03/2016: A view of the Vivo IPL 2016 Trophy, displayed at a mall in Hyderabad on March 20, 2016. Photo. K.V.S. Giri IPL 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sony Pictures Networks India, the official broadcaster of the VIVO IPL has drawn significant audience from the rural markets in its 10th season witnessing 59 per cent growth over last year.The VIVO IPL 2017 matches are being broadcast on Sony MAX, Sony SIX and Sony ESPN.The key highlights for the third week includes the matches have a cumulative reach of 339 million in the third week of the tournament as compared to last year’s reach of 289 million.The company said in a statement that the soaring growth story is well supported by the rural markets contributing 46 per cent of the viewership vis-à-vis 38 per cent in 2016.The tournament enjoys higher engagement in rural markets with 69 minutes’ average time spent per viewer vis-à-vis 48 minutes last year.The tournament’s viewership has seen a 34 per cent growth at 23.2 million average impressions over last year’s 17.3 million average impressions after 23 matches. April 27, 2017 ×center_img SHARE cricket Published on COMMENTS COMMENTlast_img read more

Kolkata Test: India clinch series and top Test spot with huge win over NZ

first_imgIndia reclaimed the No.1 spot in the Test rankings and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series beating New Zealand by 178 runs in the second cricket Test at the Eden Gardens here on Monday. (SCORECARD)The Kiwis, chasing a target of 376, were skittled out for 197 in the post-tea session on the fourth day. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: As It Happened)For the tourists, opener Tom Latham (74; 148 balls, 8×4) and Luke Ronchi (32; 60 balls, 4×4) were the principal scorers.Ravichandran Ashwin (3/82), Ravindra Jadeja (3/41) and Mohammad Shami (3/46) were the chief wreckers of New Zealand’s second innings.Earlier on Monday, resuming at 227 for eight, India were all out for 263 in their second innings.Wriddhiman Saha remained not out with 58 (120 balls, 6×4). Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored 23 (51 balls, 2×4, 1×6).Trent Boult (3/38), Matt Henry (3/59) and Mitchell Santner (3/60) were the prominent wicket takers for the visitors.New Zealand had scored 204 in their first innings in reply to India’s 316.India had won the first Test at Kanpur by 197 runs.last_img read more

A Former Heisman Trophy Winner Has Passed Away

first_imgThe Navy Midshipmen run out on the field before the game against the Army Black Knights.PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 09: The Navy Midshipmen run out on the field before the game against the Army Black Knights on December 9, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)A Navy football legend who delivered the school its first-ever Heisman Trophy has passed away.On Thursday, the Capital Gazette reported that former Navy halfback Joe Bellino has died in his Massachusetts home at the age of 81. Per the report, he had been in declining health for a while.Bellino came to prominence as a versatile running back for the Navy Midshipmen in the late-1950s. In three years with the team, Bellino had 2,284 yards from scrimmage and over 30 touchdowns while averaging 6.1 yards per touch.In 1960, Bellino was a key part of a top-five Navy team, rushing for 834 yards and 17 touchdowns on 168 carries. He had another 17 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns, as well as two passing touchdowns.Joe Bellino, Heisman winner and Patriot, dies at 81 https://t.co/C80Ejgx9iv— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 29, 2019For his efforts, Bellino was named a unanimous First-Team All-American and was awarded the Heisman Trophy. He beat out such future NFL legends as Mike Ditka, Tom Matte, and Billy Kilmer for the distinction.The 1960 Midshipmen would go on to lose the Orange Bowl to the Missouri Tigers, but still finished ranked No. 4 in the country – their highest ranking since 1945.Following his college football career, Bellino served four years in the military before spending three years with the Patriots in the AFL.Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Bellino’s family and friends.last_img read more

Scott Frost: Nebraska’s QB Play Has ‘Vastly Improved’

first_img From KMTV News Now Omaha:“We’re vastly improved at that position from the number one guy all the way down the roster,” Frost said following Friday’s practice. “It was a little depressing last year going into certain games with one, maybe two healthy quarterbacks. Noah’s been doing really good things. He’s throwing the ball as well as I’ve seen him throw it. Luke’s doing some really good things, throwing the ball really well but also making a bunch of plays with his legs. Bunchy (Andrew Bunch) has improved drastically. Matt Masker’s making some good plays. I wish the season would come down to a 4×1 with our quarterback group against everyone else’s cause we’ve got some guys that can run.”While the Cornhuskers have depth on their roster at quarterback, Martinez should be the star of the show. In fact, the dual-threat quarterback is a potential favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.Nebraska faces South Alabama on August 31 to kick off its regular season. Scott Frost wearing Nebraska gear coaching against Illinois.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Last season, the Nebraska Cornhuskers only had Adrian Martinez to rely on at quarterback. Although his status as the starter hasn’t changed, the football program has more depth this season if needed.With the regular season just over two weeks away for Nebraska, head coach Scott Frost spoke about the team’s depth heading into the fall.Frost is obviously confident in Martinez as his starting quarterback, but he’s not the only signal-caller that is looking good in preseason camp.When discussing how Nebraska’s quarterback play has improved this offseason, Frost highlighted both Noah Vedral and Andrew Bunch.last_img read more

The Netherlands: Rotterdam LNG Hub Gets Massive Boost

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Port of Rotterdam, October 16, 2013 zoom The Port of Rotterdam Authority said that two European subsidy applications relating to LNG have been granted. This means that the European Union supports the development of a Rotterdam LNG hub. It involves a subsidy of €40 million for LNG infrastructure for the Rhine-Main-Danube area and a €34 million subsidy for the LNG breakbulk terminals in Gothenburg and Rotterdam. Together, the projects will create a logistics chain for LNG; the first in Europe.The Port Authority wants to make Rotterdam the most sustainable port of its kind and sees LNG as a way of substantially reducing emissions from shipping. The subsidy is in line with the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s endeavour to fully develop the market for LNG as a fuel and to open an LNG hub in Rotterdam before the end of 2015. In order to achieve this the Port Authority is investing in infrastructure (incl. a breakbulk terminal), it is closely involved in putting the necessary (inter)national policy and regulations in place and is investing in cooperation with relevant partners. The two subsidies were also the result of close cooperation with other (inter)national parties.European chainThe subsidy represents a considerable boost for the Rotterdam LNG hub, but by no means all the cash will benefit the port of Rotterdam specifically. The whole European LNG logistics chain will profit. For instance, 33 partners are involved in the LNG Masterplan for the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor. The project is coordinated by ‘ProDanube’. The Port Authority is coordinator for the Rhine corridor. The ports of Antwerp, Strasbourg, Mannheim and Basel and a few private parties are also involved. The subsidy for the breakbulk terminals relates to a joint venture between the ports of Gothenburg and Rotterdam. Via the breakbulk terminal, it will shortly be possible to supply LNG to the bunker market in (north)west Europe as well.LNG in RotterdamSince 2011 the port of Rotterdam has had a special terminal for storing and handling liquefied natural gas; the Gate terminal. The first inland vessels to sail on LNG are the Argonon and the Greenstream recently launched, which Shell now charters. This year, the municipality of Rotterdam amended the regulations, so that inland shipping can now bunker. Supported by this subsidy, the port authorities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Gothenburg and Antwerp, among others, are now preparing further joint international regulations. Print  Closelast_img read more

Baltic Trade Deeper in the Hole

first_imgzoom The NYSE-listed dry bulk shipper Baltic Trading Limited (BALT) ended 2014 with a USD 20.3 million net loss, almost twice as worse compared to USD 11.4m loss recorded in 2013.  The bulk of the loss was recorded in the final quarter of the year, which the company ended USD 5.6m in the red.BALT improved its annual vessel revenues from USD 36.6m to USD 45.5m year-on-year due to a larger fleet. But the revenue increase was offset by lower spot market rates achieved by the majority of the company’s vessels, as well as a rise in total operating expenses, which were USD 59.9m in 2014, compared to USD 42.9m recorded a year earlier.The company has recently entered into a USD 148m credit facility with Nordea Bank to refinance the existing senior secured revolving credit facility and to partially fund the acquisition of the two recently delivered newbuilds, the Baltic Scorpion and the Baltic Mantis.“During a challenging drybulk market, we continue to focus on maintaining a cost effective operating platform, providing superior service to leading charterers and successfully accessing capital under favorable terms,”  John C. Wobensmith, President and Chief Financial Officer at BALT, said.”Highlighting our strong banking relationships, we commenced 2015 having entered into a new USD 148 million credit facility, enabling us to refinance the total amount outstanding under the company’s existing facility scheduled to mature in 2016.”last_img read more

CHOREOGRAPHER PAUL BECKERS RISE TOOK MORE THAN FANCY FOOTWORK

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Atop Paul Becker’s lengthy list of Internet Movie Database credits is the description “one of the world’s top choreographers.” What’s missing is the story of how Becker, a 33-year-old Victoria, B.C., native, got to that spot: a tale with enough twists and turns to merit his own biopic.Becker, who now lives in Los Angeles, was in Toronto recently to choreograph for the CBC series Frankie Drake Mysteries.In a phone interview, he talked about how he went from being a self-trained 12-year-old breakdancer to working on projects like Disney’s Descendants, Marvel’s Deadpool 2 and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and it comes down in part to a FedEx envelope. Becker, who beefed up his street dance with classes in hip hop, ballet and other styles and a year of training in Las Vegas, was working as an actor and dancer in Vancouver when one job set him on a different career path: watching Rob Marshall direct and choreograph the 2002 movie version of Chicago. The young Canadian bought a camera and taught himself to shoot and edit, but there was still the issue of getting his foot in the door, which is where the FedEx envelope comes in. Advertisementlast_img read more

American grocery delivery service Instacart aims to serve 80 of Canadians within

TORONTO — American grocery delivery service Instacart is buying Toronto-based technology company Unata as part of its ambitious expansion efforts across Canada.Instacart’s chief business officer Nilam Ganenthiran said Tuesday that the acquisition will give the company access to Unata’s digital flyer, loyalty, e-catering and list-building capabilities — and fits into its lofty goal of providing services to 80 per cent of Canadian consumers within the next 18 months.Instacart wouldn’t outline how exactly it planned to reach that goal, but when asked if expansion would rely solely on its existing partnership with Loblaws, it stressed that the company is “designed to partner with many retailers to give customers many options.”“Unata is a pioneer in bringing all of that online, just like Instacart is a pioneer in picking and packing groceries,” Ganenthiran said in an interview.“We think this helps us bring to brick-and-mortar companies the chance to do more with us.”Unata was founded in 2009 as a way to offer retailers a chance to digitize and introduce an online grocery platform. It has recently been toying with voice-activation services that would allow customers to place orders through devices like Google Home.Instacart’s acquisition deal comes as the company is getting set to roll out Wednesday in Ontario in Ottawa, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and the Kitchener-Waterloo region through a Loblaw partnership.The company first debuted in the Canadian market last December by working with the grocery store giant to offer deliveries within an hour to its customers in Toronto. Later this year, Instacart said it will launch with Loblaws in the Greater Vancouver Area.Instacart faces fierce competition from e-commerce giant Amazon, which got into the grocery business when it purchased Whole Foods for US$13.7 billion last year.Ganenthiran said he isn’t intimidated by Amazon because he feels their “threat is real but overblown” and that “smart grocers will rise to the challenge.”He said brick-and-mortar grocers expanding to home delivery have an edge over online companies because they’ve been building relationships with customers for decades that are largely centred around their stores being so close to consumers.“That’s an advantage that Whole Foods or Amazon will never have,” he said.Instacart would not reveal financial terms of its deal with Unata, which a company spokeswoman said is expected to close “imminently.”Unata will keep its Toronto headquarters as part of the deal. read more

Rebel occupation causes panic among Sudanese refugees in DR of Congo UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed concern about the situation of more than 17,000 Sudanese in a refugee camp in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the occupation of the site by rebels earlier this week. The UN agency said that rebels of the Congolese Patriotic Union/Popular Rally (UPC–RP) had moved into the Biringi refugee settlement, 80 kilometres west of the town of Aru, where there had been intense fighting between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups for several months. According to UNHCR, the UPC rebels believed to be supporters of the Hema were retreating northwards on Monday when Lendu fighters blocked their withdrawal. Reports say the blockade sent the rebels into the Biringi settlement and surrounding areas, causing panic among the refugees and the local population, who fled into the bush. Renewed fighting broke out yesterday between the UPC–RP and ethnic Lendu militias 15 kilometres from Biringi, preventing movement to or from Aru. UN staff in the town had been unable to get to Biringi to assess the refugee situation there and the majority of refugees in the area are said to be still in hiding. Sudanese refugees have been in the DRC for the past 12 years, according to UNHCR. While a few arrived between 1998 and 2000 and still depend on humanitarian assistance, the majority of them are long-time refugees who have integrated into villages where they have reached a level of self-sufficiency. UNHCR assists 41,000 Sudanese in northeast DRC, out of a total population of 75,600. read more

Security Council Stronger justice security sectors integral to transition goals in Liberia

Briefing the Security Council in New York, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Karin Landgren said that Liberia deserves praise and continued support. “Many potential drivers of conflict remain to be addressed, through long term reforms coupled with inclusive development,” Ms. Landgren told the 15-member Council, adding that a decade is a short time to reverse the effects of war that left the country shattered, and to overturn over a century of social and political exclusion, and poor governance.Liberia’s civil war lasted 14 years before it ended in 2003. Some 150,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed during the war, and some 750,000 became either internally displaced or fled the country amidst the violence and instability.Since the war ended, the UN has had a peacekeeping presence in the country to bolster a ceasefire agreement and help restore the rule of law and democratic processes, as well as facilitate humanitarian assistance. In her briefing, Ms. Landgren highlighted the important role of the Constitutional Review Committee in leading a comprehensive, inclusive and participatory review process with intensive civic education efforts about to start under a tight timeline. She reiterated the UN’s support to the Committee and the process as a whole. She welcomed efforts in implementing the National Reconciliation Roadmap, which she noted will require clear leadership for well-coordinated implementation, along with progress in decentralization, which is expected to promote more inclusive and accountable governance.Turning to the issue of good governance, the UN envoy said “corruption in general remains a very significant handicap, impeding the functioning of national institutions, public confidence in those institutions, and the pace of economic growth.” She stated that land and the exploitation of Liberia’s abundant natural resources remain cornerstones of the Liberia’s economic development, but that they also can be powerful sources of conflict. In this regard, she recognized that the Government and many other partners acknowledged the need for transparent and responsible management of concession agreements, particularly when it concerns those who should be benefiting from development. “The lack of adequate consultation with affected communities remains an issue…it will be important to institutionalize mechanisms for consistent dialogue between concessions and communities,” she said. Ms. Landgren also briefed on implementation of the three-phased military drawdown endorsed by the Security Council last September. “The Mission has focused on executing a steady, well-planned, and responsible military drawdown, and completed the first phase on 30 June [2013], with all designated personnel and equipment repatriated in good order and on schedule,” Ms. Landgren said.With the first phase of drawdown, UNMIL no longer maintains a fixed military presence in four of Liberia’s counties, and the Mission is expected to vacate a further three counties by April 2014. Ms. Landgren, however, called on the Government and partners to redouble efforts to develop capable and accountable justice and security sectors. “The Liberian security forces have not been able to scale up their presence and operational effectiveness to assume the increased security responsibilities, and they remain severely constrained by weak mobility, resources, and administration,” she noted. Referring to regional stability, the Special Representative welcomed preparations for the first ever cross-border meeting of chiefs and elders from Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire scheduled for October, and the joint security operations that have been planned for the coming months. She underlined that Liberia’s security is intertwined with that of its neighbours, and that strengthening regional approaches remains imperative, to security as well as to development. read more

EYEWITNESS The battle…

…is joined?Lots of teachers breathed a sigh of relief that their strike’s over and they can get back to what they do best – teach our children to get qualified for their adult responsibilities. In other words, to secure the future of all of us in Guyana. But it didn’t have to come to this, did it? If only PNC leaders would keep their word! But then, old people say “if pigs had wings they’d fly”!! It’ll never happen.And teachers should remember this – all 10,000 of them – when they trek to the polls in 2020. Before the election, just like in 2015, the PNC/APNU – and whoever they inveigle to get into a coalition since the AFC will be long dead and buried – will come around with all kinds of sweet talk. They’ll promise the moon and the stars – not to mention doling out oil money directly into their bank accounts!But did they promise Public Servants “substantial raises” if they were elected in 2015 didn’t they? And that teachers would be the “highest paid” of them all. And what did teachers get? The same thing that Nagamootoo – who was once a teacher! – got: larwah!! But to the teachers’ eternal credit, they didn’t take their larwah lying down like Nagamootoo. No siree Bob!! They used all avenues open to them to demand their living wage, and when they realised they were being given the royal run around – they used their ultimate weapon: STRIKE!!Can you imagine what could’ve happened if Nagamootoo had developed a pair and went on strike when Granger stiffed him from all the powers promised in the Cummingsburg Accord?? Maybe he should’ve remained a teacher and retain some testicular fortitude!! Guyana might’ve seen some real compromise in governance – not the unilateralism that Granger has been allowed to get away with – until now!!Your Eyewitness must once again admit he had his doubts about the nature of the standoff early on. He felt for sure the PNC of Granger would’ve had the good sense not to tee off such a large bloc of supporters. If he was willing to go down that route, it could only mean he really didn’t need their votes or felt so secure they wouldn’t switch to the PPP, he could thumb his nose at them!! In a situation where a mere 5000 voted separated him from the PPP, he had to be ABSOLUTELY sure of getting back into office.If he now imitates Burnham and cracks down on the GTU for daring to stand up to him, we’ll all know he has a sure bet up his sleeve. Let’s see the arbitrators!…over prison contrabandIt seems that nary a week goes by when a sweep by prison wardens don’t turn up an amazing collection of contraband. In all of the prisons – save Mazaruni. But then it’s possible we just don’t get reports from that locale – or no sweeps are conducted. It’s hard to believe those prisoners are sticking to the straight and narrow. Especially when a substantial number of the Camp Street population was transferred there after they burnt their dorms down to the ground!!Now you’d think by now the authorities would’ve wised up to all the tricks of the smugglers’ trade – but it aint gonna happen. There’s just too much money involved when you consider the pay of the wardens! Banks found out a long time ago that if you want employees not to steal them blind they shouldn’t create a moral hazard by paying them peanuts. Similarly, just like with teachers, the Government offered a lot of fat talk about improving their conditions of work and their wage structure.And all they got was Larwah. Expect more contraband!!…over electionsOpposition Leader Jagdeo suggested the UN should supervise our 2020 elections. He should’ve demanded they also send down some of their peacekeeping troops. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Returning to…September 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: A new Columbus…November 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Misdiagnosis…March 19, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”,…is joined?Lots of teachers breathed a sigh of relief that their strike’s over and they can get back to what they do best – teach our children to get qualified for their adult responsibilities. In other words, to secure the future of all of us in Guyana. But it didn’t have to come to this, did it? If only PNC leaders would keep their word! But then, old people say “if pigs had wings they’d fly”!! It’ll never happen.And teachers should remember this – all 10,000 of them – when they trek to the polls in 2020. Before the election, just like in 2015, the PNC/APNU – and whoever they inveigle to get into a coalition since the AFC will be long dead and buried – will come around with all kinds of sweet talk. They’ll promise the moon and the stars – not to mention doling out oil money directly into their bank accounts!But did they promise Public Servants “substantial raises” if they were elected in 2015 didn’t they? And that teachers would be the “highest paid” of them all. And what did teachers get? The same thing that Nagamootoo – who was once a teacher! – got: larwah!! But to the teachers’ eternal credit, they didn’t take their larwah lying down like Nagamootoo. No siree Bob!! They used all avenues open to them to demand their living wage, and when they realised they were being given the royal run around – they used their ultimate weapon: STRIKE!!Can you imagine what could’ve happened if Nagamootoo had developed a pair and went on strike when Granger stiffed him from all the powers promised in the Cummingsburg Accord?? Maybe he should’ve remained a teacher and retain some testicular fortitude!! Guyana might’ve seen some real compromise in governance – not the unilateralism that Granger has been allowed to get away with – until now!!Your Eyewitness must once again admit he had his doubts about the nature of the standoff early on. He felt for sure the PNC of Granger would’ve had the good sense not to tee off such a large bloc of supporters. If he was willing to go down that route, it could only mean he really didn’t need their votes or felt so secure they wouldn’t switch to the PPP, he could thumb his nose at them!! In a situation where a mere 5000 voted separated him from the PPP, he had to be ABSOLUTELY sure of getting back into office.If he now imitates Burnham and cracks down on the GTU for daring to stand up to him, we’ll all know he has a sure bet up his sleeve. Let’s see the arbitrators!…over prison contrabandIt seems that nary a week goes by when a sweep by prison wardens don’t turn up an amazing collection of contraband. In all of the prisons – save Mazaruni. But then it’s possible we just don’t get reports from that locale – or no sweeps are conducted. It’s hard to believe those prisoners are sticking to the straight and narrow. Especially when a substantial number of the Camp Street population was transferred there after they burnt their dorms down to the ground!!Now you’d think by now the authorities would’ve wised up to all the tricks of the smugglers’ trade – but it aint gonna happen. There’s just too much money involved when you consider the pay of the wardens! Banks found out a long time ago that if you want employees not to steal them blind they shouldn’t create a moral hazard by paying them peanuts. Similarly, just like with teachers, the Government offered a lot of fat talk about improving their conditions of work and their wage structure.And all they got was Larwah. Expect more contraband!!…over electionsOpposition Leader Jagdeo suggested the UN should supervise our 2020 elections. He should’ve demanded they also send down some of their peacekeeping troops. read more

Smart FlipFlops Keep Brand Buyers Connected

first_imgThanks to modern technology, even the dumbest items can be smart.Flip-flop makers Hari Mari have launched a new line of high-tech sandals.The Nokona—made with leather used by the Texas baseball glove manufacturer of the same name—is embedded with a low-range chip, allowing the brand to stay connected with customers after their initial purchase.It’s often difficult for Hari Mari, which sells online and through third-party retailers, to gather data about buyers or target them with future products and discounts, as reported by Fast Company.So, founders Jeremy and Lila Stewart partnered with former NFL running back Emmitt Smith for a solution.In an effort to curb sales of counterfeit collectibles, Smith created The Prova Group, which, according to Fast Company, produces microchips that let makers electronically track the origins of products.Using near-field communication (NFC) technology, the device can not track wearers over long distances. Instead, flip-flop owners can download the companion mobile app to receive offers and communicate with Hari Mari and Nokona.“For us, this is the beginning of a broader experiment,” Lila Stewart told Fast Company, lamenting the lack of customer information collected from in-store purchases.Buy something directly from the Hari Mari website, and the firm receives “a treasure trove” of information—email address, home address, shopping habits.“But at a store, we don’t have any of those details,” Lila said. “We need to see if customers are responsive to the app and how we’re able to engage with them using this technology.”That may one day include a special message or annual discount for birthdays, or even a note with the local weather forecast, helping to determine whether it’s a flip-flop day.Casual-wear enthusiasts can find the new Hari Mari X Nokona sandals online and in high-end men’s retailers like Huckberry, Hudson’s Hill, and Sault for $110.The brand also sells through Nordstrom, Gap, Omni Resorts, REI, and Allen Edmonds, and will become available this year on Zappos and Stitch Fix.last_img read more

Asda increases share plan take up by 45

first_imgThe number of employees taking part in Asda’s share plan has increased by 45% over the last five years.There were 26,212 members of staff enrolled in the share plan in 2010, which had increased to 38,100 at the end of August 2015.The employer boosted take-up in the scheme, which is administered by Computershare, by adopting a total engagement strategy with tailored, continual and clear communication with staff. This included digital communications, posters and teaser campaigns. The organisation also sent a Christmas postcard to employees’ homes to highlight the scheme.Before designing publicity campaigns for the share plans, Asda carried out face-to-face research with a broad section of its workforce to make sure the share plan, and the communication around it, was as effective as possible.The retailer also gives employees who participate in the scheme an online savings calculator to help them to experiment with different contribution levels and see how these affected potential savings.Simon Bell, senior manager, reward at Asda, said: “Fostering employee share ownership is at the very heart of our business.“The commitment and hard work of colleagues is fundamental to our achievements, and that means looking after them as part of the Asda family, rewarding them in as many ways as possible and encouraging them to feel they have a direct stake in the success of the business.“Staff also told us that they frequently make decisions based upon endorsement by their peers. That meant drawing on real-life examples and anecdotes from colleagues in each part of the business to better reflect the experience of their peer group. For example, in terms of the amounts they were likely to save and their aspirations on maturity.”last_img read more

Full Show Flood Mitigation Tactics And Dealing With Towing Companies April 5

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A new report advocates for accelerating the changes Greater Houston is making to prevent future flooding. Christof Spieler of the Greater Houston Flood Consortium joins us to explain the report’s findings.Also this hour: We discuss who’s at fault when a driverless car hurts someone and examine the future of such vehicles in Greater Houston. Then, a new survey says Houston is the worst city for dealing with towing companies. And we learn about the contributions of women in architecture in the Bayou City.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:49 Xcenter_img Listenlast_img read more

KVIC launches its first Khadi plaza at Jodhpur

first_imgIt was some sort of heritage’s sun blooming in the horizon of modernity, when first Khadi Plaza of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) was inaugurated by Maharaja Gaj Singh of erstwhile Jodhpur State at the Sun City of Jodhpur, recently. The former Maharaja, in his inaugural address, said that with its purity and trendy look, Khadi has not only become the favourite fabric for one and all, it has showcased its presence right from the sleepy hamlets to mega malls of the cosmopolitans. “I am impressed with the kind of designs and colours introduced in Khadi in the recent days for all walks of lives. Undoubtedly, Khadi, with a unique history and bright future, evokes emotion in India,” he said, adding, “I am sure that the people of Jodhpur will adopt Khadi, which is our own heritage.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his presiding address, said that a new sun of hope has risen in the Sun City of Jodhpur. “In this land of scorching sun, only Khadi is the fabric that provides the surge of relief to all who don it. I am sure that this air-conditioned signature fabric of India is the only hand-spun and hand-woven cotton cloth that can sustain the scorching sun of Rajasthan to chilling westerlies of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said, adding, “With the revival of Khadi Plaza – which was forced to shut down in 2009, the KVIC now has proved that revival of old institutions is in our top priority under the present government – which has earmarked Khadi as medium of economic transformation.”It may be noted that the three-storey building of this Khadi Plaza was constructed in 2008 in the heart of the city by the KVIC, but could not run more than a year and was shut down by KVIC due to alleged government ennui.KVIC Member (North Zone) Dr Hina Shafi Bhat was also present on this occasion.last_img read more

Mortgage Credit Availability Increases in May

first_img Credit Availability Credit Standards FHA Mortgage Bankers Association 2014-06-05 Tory Barringer Mortgage Credit Availability Increases in May in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Mortgage credit access opened up slightly in May, according to a market report released Thursday.The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a monthly gauge of credit access based on metrics and underwriting criteria from more than 85 lenders, increased 1.14 percent from April to May, reading 115.1 in the latest measure.The index was benchmarked at 100 in March 2012. It have read roughly 800 if the tracking measure had existed in 2007, MBA says.According to the group, May’s gain came “partially as a result of a slight increase in the availability of jumbo loans” as well as “the action by some investors to lower credit score requirements on FHA [Federal Housing Administration] loans.”Meanwhile, the agency itself unveiled plans in May to expand credit access for borrowers with lower credit scores while offering counseling to reduce risk.The topic of credit availability has drawn debate from all sides. In early May, both the Federal Reserve and the Urban Institute found relatively few lenders have made moves to expand their standards on the low end. Researchers at the institute assert any reported decline in lending criteria is due to a market shift between GSE loans and those backed by FHA.At the same time, critics of the current call to open up lending say the environment remains too risky.In its latest National Mortgage Risk Index, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) reported a record high in the share of loans at risk of default in the event of an economic crisis, arguing that Qualified Mortgage requirements—particularly those related to debt-to-income ratios—have done little to mitigate risk, especially seeing as how GSE and FHA loans have a temporary exemption.”None of the agencies are compensating in a substantial way for the high risk that is entailed with loans that have high DTI ratios,” said Stephen Oliner, resident scholar at AEI, in a press call at the time.center_img June 5, 2014 493 Views Sharelast_img read more